Finland - Czech Republic 63-85 Czech Republic advanced to Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team overcame Finland 85:63 in the Semifinal game and clinched the ticket to 2012/2013 top division. Finland will have another chance as they will play England for the third place. Czech Republic proved their ambitions for the top division and the top place in Sarajevo. They started with 27-21 in the first period and added 22-18 in the second quarter. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites. They produced 17-16 in the third quarter and finished the game with 19-8 in the last stanza. Kouril ended up with 18 points for the winners and Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Marian Hrabovsky (198-G/F-94) delivered 13, while Herman posted 11. Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) answered with 16 points and Rajala scored 13. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) nailed 12 points and Maki chipped in with 9.
United Kingdom - Bosnia 63-64 Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched Division A promotion for 2012/2013 season. The home side grabbed valuable 64:63 win over England at the Semifinal of the U18 European Championship in Division B. England meanwhile will have another chance tomorrow in the game for the third place. England opened the game better and reached 25-13 in the end of the first period. Later Bosnia responded with some good baskets and managed to win the second and the third periods. Bosnia responded with 18-10 in the second frame and added 17-11 in the third period. Bosnia led 7 points in the last minute and then Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) reduced to 63:60. His three-pointer with 1 second to go was enough only to cut it to 63:64 as the hosts celebrated the success in the court. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Damjanovic nailed 15. Vrabac delivered 11, while Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nelson Luke's 33 points and 10 rebounds were not enough to win the game. Sentence posted 12, while Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) had 8.
Austria - Holland 48-72 Holland destroy Austria in Classification Round for the 9th to 12th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B, The Dutch team needed 72:48 victory to play tomorrow for the 9th place. Austria meanwhile will play in the game for 11-12 places. Holland did not waste time and started the game with 23-14. They added massive 22-12 in the second period and actually solved the problem about the winner. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) sent the teams to the lockers for 45:26 and then Julius van Sauers (191-F-95) nailed three for 50:29. Holland also won the third period 20-11 and did not mind 7-11 in the lasts stanza. Julius van Sauers top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Boy Van Vliet (182-SG-94) netted 12. Mike Schilder scored 11, while Kok Jito added 10. Bas Timur finished the game with 16 points and Poeltl Jakob scored 13 in defeat.
Portugal - Hungary 88-83 Portugal beat Hungary at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Place of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal won 88:83 and will play for the 9th place. Hungary meanwhile will take on Austria for 11-12th places. It was a hard start for both teams as they stayed close to each other in the first period. Portugal grabbed 22-21 and then added 25-19 in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter as Portugal kept 7 points advantage after 30 minutes. Hungary managed to win the last stanza 27-25 but reduce to 5 points. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) and Ventura exchanged the last points from the free throw line for the final result. Andre Miguens (184-SF-94) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Bastos added 18. Ventura scored 12, while Marques delivered 9. Zoltan Perl erupted with 31 points in the losing effort. Bognar notched 15, while Velkey netted 13.
Sweden - Romania 78-71 Sweden edge Romania in Sarajevo at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team will play tomorrow for the 13th place after 78:71 win. Romania meanwhile will play for 15-16 places. Sweden won the opening period 14-11, but the opponents replied with 17-15 in the second frame and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Vlad Popovici (200-PF-94) first gave Romania 29:28 lead, while Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) kept Sweden in frot at the end of the first half. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Sweden erupted with 29-14 in it for a comfortable lead. Romania meanwhile won the last stanza 29-20 and managed to cut it to 7 points. Alexander Gorski stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Larsson Niklas netted 17. Lofberg Johan delivered 12, while Jacob Magnusson (184-PG-94) notched 10. Cobzaru Vlad collected 16 points and 14 rebounds in defeat and Dragoste Mirel had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vlad Popovici followed them with 12 and Ciordas Andrei had 11.
Slovakia - Iceland 59-74 Slovak Republic and Iceland open Day 8 in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Iceland won 74:59 and will play tomorrow for the 13th place. Slovakia meanwhile will play for the 15-16th places. Iceland took 18-12 at the end of the first period and continued their dominance in the rest of the half. They added 18-15 in the second frame for 36:27 lead. Both teams scored 19 points each in the third period and then Iceland added another 19-13 in the last stanza. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) made the last free throws in the game for the final result. Thorgrimur Emilsson (206-C-94) chipped in with 14 points to pace the winners, while Valsson nailed 13. Hermannsson scored 10, while Sigurdarson added 9. Brodziansky top-scored for the Slovak team with 14 points and Rozim netted 13. Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) delivered 11, while Michalek posted 9.
Israel - Montenegro 65-67 Montenegro will play for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship of Division B. The team overcame Israel 67:65 at the U18 European Championship. The latter will play for the 7-8 places in Sarajevo. It was Israel that started the game better and reached 27-15 after the first 10 minutes. Montenegro meanwhile replied with 14-9 in the second period and reduced to 7 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Montenegro needed 22-10 to take the lead in the game. Vaso Popovic (184-G-94) later scored for 65:59, but Segev tied the game at 65:65 with 7 seconds to go. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success. Pajovic top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikovic collected 10 points and 10 boards. Vaso Popovic also scored 10, while Vusovic and Masan Vrbica had 8 apiece. Koulechov ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Menco posted 12.
Belgium - Estonia 59-78 Estonia step closer to the 5th place of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Belgium 78:59 at the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Place in Sarajevo. Belgium will take on Israel tomorrow in the game for the 7-8 places. Belgium looked better in the start of the game and reached 25-21 at the end of the first ten minutes. Moreover the Baltic State added 14-10 in the second quarter for 39:31 lead at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game and Estonia erupted with 29-11 for 60:50 advantage when Jurtom Martin closed the period. Estonia added another 18-9 burst in the last stanza to win the game. Jurtom Martin top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Vene Kent and Georg Tambre (194-PF-94) netted 12 each. Saare Sander collected 10 points and 10 assists in a win. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Naim El Khounchar added 14. Xavier Francois (200-C-94) posted 10 and Gijbels Mathijs delivered 8.
Draws completed for FIBA U18 European Championships 2017 Divisions A and B - 26 days ago
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The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Di... [read more]
The draws have been completed for the FIBA U18 European Championships 2017, Divisions A and B. The draw had originally been scheduled to take place on 10 December, but was delayed until Thursday afternoon in Munich, given the postponement of the FIBA U18 European Championship 2016 Division A, from late July to mid-December. The seeding of the draws was based on the results of the FIBA U16 European Championships in 2015. 16 teams were drawn into four groups to contest the Group Phase of Division A, which will take place in Slovak Republic from 29 July to 6 August. The Division A Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia Group B: Spain, Serbia, Italy, Ukraine Group C: Lithuania, Finland, Greece, Slovenia Group D: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Latvia, Slovak Republic
Meanwhile, 24 teams will travel to Estonia to compete for the Division B title from 28 July to 6 August. The Group Phase of Division B will consist of four groups of six teams, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarter-Finals. The Division B Group Phase groups are as follows: Group A: Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Albania Group B: Croatia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Belarus Group C: Israel, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Azerbaijan Group D: Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, FYR Macedonia. Courtesy of: fiba.com
FINAL Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 poin... [read more]
Lithuania - France 68-75 France conquered Gold medals in Samsun. They defeated Lithuania in the championship game tonight. Frank Ntilikina (196-PG-98) posted 31 points to lead the winners. The victory marked the first Gold for Les Bleues since 2006. France dominated in the first half. They recorded a 36:28 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Baltic state pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But France stayed in charge. They sank 22 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G-00) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) responded with 28 points for Lithuania. Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) chipped in 12 points in the loss.
Germany - Italy 68-74 Italy stepped onto the podium in Samsun. They knocked down Germany to capture the third position. Alessandro Lever (202-F/C-98) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Azzurri. Italy accumulated a 36:29 halftime lead. The Azzurri extended the margin at 15-point mark at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Davide Moretti (188-PG-98) had 17 points for the winners. Isaiah Hartenstein (211-PF-98) responded with 24 points for Germany.
Spain - Bosnia 77-65 Spain finished fifth in Samsun. They overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final game at the tournament. Ignacio Rosa (204-F/C-99) stepped up with 27 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Spain accumulated a 38:34 halftime lead. They followed with a 24:16 run in the fourth term to ice the win. Sergi Martinez and Aleix Font (192-F/G-98, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 14 points apiece for the winners. Darko Talic (198-SF-98) answered with 14 points for Bosnia.
Russia - Finland 82-67 Grigory Motovilov (193-G-98, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 21 points to pace Russia past Finland in the final game of the championship. Russia posted a 19:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:31 halftime lead. Russia bounced back after the long break. They unloaded 51 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Sergey Klyuev (204-C-98) chipped in 19 points in the win. Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) responded with 18 points for Finland.
Greece - Serbia 74-67 Greece beat Serbia to clinch the 9th position at the championship. Michail Lountzis (196-PG-98) came up with 19 points and 10 boards for the Hellenes. Serbia recorded a 43:36 halftime advantage. But Greece stiffened defensively in the second half. They limited Serbia to just 24 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Dimitrios Moraitis (194-PG-99) chipped in 18 points in the win. Novak Music (188-PG-98, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Serbia.
Slovenia - Turkey 71-63 Slovenia topped Turkey to claim the 11th position at the championship. Matic Vesel (204-F-98) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. Slovenia used a 16:8 run in the second term to take a 33:26 halftime lead. Slovenia boosted the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Gaber Ozegovic (196-F-98) had 14 points for the winners. Yigitcan Saybir (201-F-99) and Eray Akyuz (187-G-00) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Latvia - Croatia 90-76 Latvia rescued their Division A place. They cruised past Croatia to avoid relegation. Roberts Blumbergs (204-F/C-97) produced 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Croatia jumped to a 25:22 lead after ten minutes. But Latvia responded with a 49:26 run in the next two periods to spur ahead. Croatia drained 25 points in the final term but could avoid the defeat. Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) accounted for 19 points and 10 boards for the winners. Leo Cizmic (206-F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points for Croatia.
Sweden - Israel 66-90 Israel capped their championship campaign with victory. They topped Sweden to earn the 15th position. Miron Ruina (202-C-98) came up with 23 points and 9 boards for the winners. Israel claimed a 41:39 halftime lead. They sank 24 points in the third term to boost the gap at 10-point mark. Israel followed with a 25:11 run in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) and Yonatan Rabinowitz (185-PG-98) chipped in 13 points each in the victory. Alan Zekovic (195-F/G-98) answered with 16 points for Sweden.
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